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"Between": Works by Korean Contemporary Artist Kim Ji Min

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents “Between”, a solo exhibition of cutting-edge Korean contemporary artist Kim Ji Min that creatively explores the psychology of life in our consumer-driven society, on view June 26 – July 20.

Combining elements of visual, installation, video, and found art, Kim’s work explores the contradictions inherent in our modern consumer society by repurposing mass quantities of common product labels into striking composite images of nature – an exquisite juxtaposition of industrialized material and organic form. The title “Between” refers to the indeterminate space between our highly labeled social reality and our idealized structure of life. 

“It is easy to ignore labels, yet they have great significance as direct indicators of a product’s value,” says Kim. His work caught the attention of the greater art world for revealing the psychology of life in a consumer society, using strong visual imagery and unique materials. This exhibition also includes the debut if his latest work, Wired DREAM, in which intertwined curves of layered labels form mountain peaks that evoke traditional Korean visual art and an implicit sense of the “between.” Kim says he focuses on the transparency of the labels, both physically and metaphorically, transforming them into a kind of paint with a unique color palette depending on the viewing angle. The Whale and Wired DREAM allow viewers to experience both a sense of visual lightness and the hidden meaning behind the material. 

Kim Ji Min is a graduate of Seoul National University’s Department of Sculpture, as well as the Wimbledon College of Art. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including in Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Hungary, and Korea. He is the recipient of the Ghasong Art Award, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Residency (2010), Christchurch Art Centre Residency (2009), and the Changdong Artist Residency (2008), among other recognitions. For more information, visit his website at www.kimjimin.net.

The opening reception will start at 6:30 p.m. on June 26 at the Korean Cultural Center, with a special introduction by the artist. Admission is free but an RSVP is required (below). This exhibition will remain on view (no RSVP required) through July 20, 2015 (Mon – Fri, 9:00 am to noon and 1:30 – 5:30 pm).

WHAT: Art exhibition, talk by the artist, and reception
WHO: Kim Ji Min, Korean Contemporary Artist
WHEN: Opening Reception Event: Friday, June 26 @ 6:30 p.m. | Exhibition Dates: June 26 – July 20
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW) 
HOW: Free RSVP below (scroll down).
CONTACT: Ji Young Yun | jiyoungy@koreaembassy.org | (202) 587-6163